Thursday, July 15, 2010

Taking Stock Part I

Do you ever ask the questions Where did the time go? How did I get to where I am now? Could I have come another way? Any regrets? From time to time, most of us have questions about our life, but we still tend to drift through today the same way we did yesterday without valid answers. Maybe we need to stop and take stock of where we've been, where we want to go and contemplate a better way to get there.

We live in a busy world, and we usually meet whatever comes up each day in a reactive way rather than proactive. We focus on the exterior and rarely give thought to our pattern of living or where it's taking us. How often do you look at your life and question your direction? Or do you just let the years pile up without the care they need to bear the fruit you want?

Self-awareness is vital to making sound decisions, and that can only come if we open our heart and look at what we're doing and how we're doing it. So how can we do that when we spend our time just reacting to outer stimuli and paying little attention to what's going on inside?

Some form of self-analysis needs to take place to keep us on the best path.
l. Find some quiet time each day to go within and see what's in there. What are you feeling? Are your needs being met? Are you on the right or wrong track? Should you pursue a different direction?
2. Journaling is a good way to get in touch with the space you're in. Let your thoughts flow--any way, any thing. This will give you an idea of what's going on inside and if changes are needed.
3. Ask your inner Self for wisdom and guidance, be open and receptive to it and do the best you can with it.

We can't always have all the facts about anything, so we'll make mistakes and have some regrets, but taking stock of where you are on your journey will produce a better life to look back on with fewer regrets. There are many ways to develop self-awareness. Choose one that's comfortable for you, and work on it. Your life is yours, so create the kind of life you want.

Next week in Part II I'll discuss how you can stay on target when unexpected challenges enter your life.

I wish you a warm heart and keen vision.